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Articles by Shriram
Initially planned Vada Chennai as a web-series, reveals Vetrimaaran
During his conversation at the International Film Festival of Kerala, the filmmaker revealed that the 2018 film was initially planned as a web-series, but plans changed after producer Dhanush expressed some doubts.
We are accepted in our country only after being recognized at foreign film festivals: Anamika Haksar at IFFK
Speaking at Meet The Press segment of the International Film Festival of Kerala, the director of Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Jaa Riya Hoon admitted that it was more important to her that Indians connect with her film.
Urojahaj review: Buddhadeb Dasgupta's beautiful fable captures the political dangers of a dream
A film of new imagery and style, Urojahaj is heavy with subtext of artistic freedom, individuality, and political oppression.
The subaltern groups have to be represented: Vetrimaaran at IFFK
In his conversation, the Vada Chennai (2018) director emphasized the need to produce different narratives to challenge existing social structures through cinema.
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Centre played games over Majid Majidi's film: Bina Paul on denial of censor exemption to Muhammad biopic
The Iranian filmmaker's epic Muhammad: The Messenger Of God, could not be screened at the festival after it was denied censorship exemption certificate. Majidi is also chairperson of the jury for international films at the festival.
Politicians are using common people's faith for building agendas: Umesh Kulkarni at IFFK 2018
The National award winning director of Vaalu (2008) was in conversation with film critic and writer CS Venkiteswaran at the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala.
Ma.Ama review: This beautiful mourning is a deeply honest and personal portrait
Dominic Megam Sangma dives deep into his own family's tragedy, fears, and flaws and comes out with a beautiful film about people and their memories.
Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Jaa Riya Hoon review: A surreal collection of fantasy, gritty realism, and bitter truth
Anamika Haksar's debut as director breaks the narrative form and perception of life in Delhi as we have seen it in Hindi cinema.
Good films should reach the audience: Majid Majidi at IFFK 2018
The acclaimed Iranian filmmaker was speaking at the ‘In Conversation’ session at the week-long film festival.
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I tried my best, but it was not so successful at the box office: Majid Majidi on Beyond The Clouds
The Iranian filmmaker spoke about the average success of his maiden Indian venture earlier this year and his experience of working with AR Rahman.
Kavi Pradeep, our national poet – Death anniversary special
On his 20th death anniversary, we remember the poet who instilled a sense of nationalism during times of great struggle. Kavi Pradeep understood the pulse of Indians like few others did. It earned him the immortal appellation of 'national poet' from prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
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The role of Urdu and poetry in Dilip Kumar's methodical craft of acting – Birthday special
Dilip Kumar's brilliant presence on screen owed a great deal to his constant education in literature, poetry, and the Urdu and Hindi languages. On his 96th birthday, we take a glimpse at the role these played in the flowering of arguably India's greatest actor.
Those who ban films have not seen the films: Majid Majidi comes down on film bans at IFFK
Ironically, the filmmaker's own Muhammad: The Messenger Of God could not be screened later in the evening.
Pupa is a reflection of our generation, we do not know what we want: Director Indrasis Acharya
On the sidelines of the ongoing Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival 2018, the director speaks on the theme, music, and philosophy of his film.
If you extend reality, you discover the magic of the unreal: Buddhadeb Dasgupta at IFFK
Speaking with director Kamal K M at the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala, the acclaimed filmmaker touched upon the images in his stories, his love for art, and his inspirations.
A Suitable Girl review: Poignant reminder of the spectre of patriarchy that looms over everywoman
Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra delve into the lives of three young women going through the trial of leaving their parents and struggling through a culture that makes marriage the goal of a woman's life.
Rise of feminism is not a man vs woman fight: Nandita Das at IFFK Day 2
Manto (2018) director Nandita Das spoke to critic Meena T Pillai about the rise of the Women in Cinema Collective, the need for creative marketing, and the role of art.
Just because you give the woman a gun does not make it woman-centric: Rasika Dugal on the nuances of Mirzapur's women
Actress Rasika Dugal speaks about the ambition and difference of playing the woman in charge in the adrenalin-driven Mirzapur, choosing roles with a difference, and her first song.
If cinema was not a powerful medium, there wouldn't be bans or censorship: Nandita Das at IFFK 2018
The Manto (2018) director was the guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony of the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala.
Art is a means to sustain humanity, says Pinarayi Vijayan at inauguration of 23rd IFFK
The Kerala chief minister praised the festival as a 'testament to the solidarity of cinema lovers' across the state.